This is just a quick page to list whatever I've been watching...maybe a quick review of cinema releases. Of course, I have to choose the best...and a few real turkeys! Remember, these might not be the latest, especially the DVDs, just what I'm watching. Bear in mind, that sometimes I go to the DVD/video rental shop looking for truly terrible looking films.
(A bit of a summary here for the last couple of months!)
Pirates of the Caribbean (cinema) - Possibly the best film to come out of Disney in a long, long time. Johnny Depp hams it up as Jack Sparrow in an FX trip around the sail ships and pirates of the Caribbean - good fun, if a little PC in places. Orlando Bloom proves he's a one character actor.
Charlies Angels 2 (cinema) - Divorced from reality even more, no Bill Murray and a pretty silly plot, but this still manages to entertain with some well over the top FX and lots of tight clothing.
Matrix Reloaded (cinema) - Another amazing Matrix film, but maybe not up to the original’s quality - too much FX, poor CG effects (some of the Neo effects are awful), but lots of Agent Smiths mean it's still a cool ride.
Terminator 3 - (cinema) - Please make him governor to stop T4. Amazingly flat film, but sufficient to it to give it an OK rating. Cool plot points have been put in better explaining more how the terminators came into being, who runs the resistance in the future, and thankfully no cop out - Judgement Day arrives!
Beetlejuice - (DVD) - I don't know why it took me so long (about 15 years) to see this film, but it has to be said that it's good, but not great. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are a great combo, but this doesn't get above quirky. However, it points clearly to some of the Batman imagery and the Nightmare Before Xmas stuff.
no turkeys this month so far ...
(A bit of a summary here for the last couple of months!)
Jackass - (in-flight) - General juvenile vulgarity - and thus hilarious. It really took me back to my late teens and early 20's. Just a lot of sheer stupidity - take a look.
28 Days Later - (in flight) - Set in Britain after animal rights people unleash a plague from a government research facility, this film takes bits from the Romero zombie classics, the 'Last Train" series (UK 1999) and blends them into a very gritty reality. Gone are the stumbling moron zombies, the "rage" infected humans leap through windows and run at speed, vomiting blood everywhere. Still not as scary as the uninfected humans though ...
High Noon - (DVD) - An old classic of Gary Cooper knowing he must face off against a man he sent down 5 years before. Just married and finding no help, and with no time to run, it's a really good film that still resonates with it's message of people's fears.
Die Another Day - (cinema) - Definitely an action packed Bond flick, with lots of gadgets and such, but maybe just too many, and not enough plot left. Still, if it was to show that there was life in the old dog yet, they were right.
Star Trek Nemesis - (cinema) - Fresh out of plots, they decided to just remake Wrath of Khan (ST 2), which is usually no bad thing, but the whole thing (like TNG) lacks passion. Still, Data dies, so that's a good thing. Not enough of one-to-one stuff, but Tom Hardy is excellent as the main bad guy.
XXX - in-flight - Just amazing rubbish to prove that you can't just expect special effects to hold a film. I mean, an SFX snowboard scene where the snowboarding was so simple it was difficult to see why it needed SFX?? This makes The Fast and The Furious seem good. Just a complete waste of time...
Brotherhood of the Wolf - (DVD) - A French supernatural/political thriller. Stylish if a little long winded, but nicely made. Martial arts look a bit strange in 18th century France, but still a worthy watch.
Gangs Of New York - (cinema) - Daniel Day Lewis is amazing, the sets look good, and the historical background is fascinating, but the main plot of revenge has been done to death (if you'll pardon the pun).
Minority Report - (cinema) - Sorry, but the more I think about this film, the more I think it sucked. OK, not quite the Rollerball remake, but look at it - a future where there are no networks it seems, all files of holograms are copied onto bits of plastic and carried to another computer. Also, when Cruise's character goes on the run, how come his eye scans still have access to the inner sanctum? Another good story ruined by Speilberg. Indeed the SFX look like leftovers from the abysmal AI. Max von Sydow does his best to apply some character into the film but the other actors have all the presence of a security guard on a Star Trek away team.
It's been a good month for good films, so-so films, and some absolutely abysmal ones.
Ravenous - (DVD) - this grows on you as a truly whacky film if you watch it a couple of times. It's about cannibalism in the American west, but is well made.
Memento - (DVD) - another great thriller, which truly works as an original film. Again starring Guy Pearce, as a man who can't make new memories.
Resident Evil - (DVD) - poor Dawn of the Dead remake from George A. Romero.
Sign - (cinema) - Nicely made, but Mel Gibson just can't pull it off.
Rollerball - (DVD / remake) - I demand my time back. This sucks chunks and then blows them back out again. Damn. It's horrible, and yet the original is a classic. Not surprised they pulled it from the cinemas. Avoid this tripe. I could hear this turkey gobbling inside the DVD player.
Ghosts of Mars - (DVD) - John Carpenter slips further away from good films. Bad acting, terrible music, and a train SFX straight out of the 60s. Ice Cube looks almost good, and Jason Statham brings his morphing accent along.